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Hawaii protesters welcome Trump by trolling him over his Obama birther lies

The resistance came out to meet Trump during the president's stopover on his way to Japan


Jeremy Binckes
November 6, 2017 12:49PM (UTC)

President Donald Trump's Asian tour didn't get off to a good start, when over the weekend, the president got trolled in Hawaii.

Trump was met by protesters who hearkened back to what put Trump on the national political stage to begin with: the racist smear that President Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States.

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The protesters held signs saying, "welcome to Kenya," as well as the all-important "Impeach" sign.

Trump's claim that Obama wasn't born in the United States was nothing more than a rumor that started before Obama was even elected. The rumors that he was a "Kenyan socialist" were brought up constantly among the conservative fringe — and met with winks and nods in conservative circles.

Hawaiians overall weren't too happy to see Trump visit the very blue state. Per The Washington Post, who was at the Hawaii State Capitol:

On Friday, hundreds of protesters showed up at the Hawaii State Capitol — a much larger turnout than at most local demonstrations here. Many said they were frustrated by Trump’s entry ban, especially because Hawaii is the most diverse state in the nation and has a large immigrant population.

“I have no aloha for him and I don’t think the state of Hawaii does either,” said protester Laura Margulies, who held a sign that read “No Aloha 4 Trump.”

Among the crowd of protesters — banging drums, dancing and honking horns — was a cardboard cutout of former president Barack Obama, donning a University of Hawaii baseball cap.

There was one group of people who were seemingly happy to see Trump. The president, according to pool reports, stopped by the Trump International Hotel Waikiki on Saturday.

"The President stopped by the Trump Hotel on his way to the airport," said press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. "It has been a tremendously successful project and he wanted to say hello and thank you to the employees for all their hard work.”

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Jeremy Binckes

Jeremy Binckes is the senior news editor at Salon.com.

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